sat testing

Practice makes perfect. Just ask the guy who scored a 2400 on the SAT for his number one SAT study tip and he will tell you, “Practice under test-day conditions.” While it sounds obvious to you, your 11th grader might be surprised by the importance of this SAT prep strategy. A Saturday morning spent in a classroom in July sounds like cruel and unusual punishment to most 17-year-olds. When everyone else is bragging about the top-secret, killer SAT strategies handed down from “the guy who invented the SAT,” it may seem like learning tricks is way more important than wasting all that time on practice tests.

It is true, there are tricks, and our tutors know them well. “Tricks” and other SAT-specific strategies coming from our tutors will help demystify the exam and its sometimes winding, elusive logic. (Yes, elusive is an SAT word – write it down!) Even though learning the tricks might give scores an initial spike, there’s a limit to how high those scores will jump. For a student aiming to bump up scores in each section by 100-200 points, there is only one way and that is to practice.

Until now, parents often had to do the dirty work. Armed with a timer in hand, we know you had to play proctor, forcing your child out of bed on a Saturday and sitting him down with his number two pencils and the big blue book. But then your other son, the 7th grader, rolls into the kitchen, flips on the TV and whines – loudly – that there’s no good cereal in the house. Now what?

Don’t worry, we’ve got your back once again. Ivy League Tutors is now offering mock testing services at Columbia University in conjunction with a partner organization called Project Rousseau. First, allow me to break it down for you in terms of the details. Then I’ll tell you a little bit more about our partner organization and the awesome work they are doing and that you will be contributing to by sending your kids uptown to Columbia on Saturdays.

What: AP Exams, SAT, SAT Subject Tests, ACT and all Regents exams given in a proctored environment

Where: Columbia University, 116th & Broadway (1 train)

When: Saturdays at 10am

How: Email or call Andrea to make a reservation at or (917) 862-4711. Reservations must be made by Thursday at 8pm for the following weekend.

How much: $50/test

Sounds pretty great, right? It gets better. Project Rousseau is an organization that provides tutoring, mentoring, advising, and test preparation resources to talented, under-priveledged high schoolers, providing them with an opportunity to realize their potential. When Ivy League Tutors students sign up for a test, their payment underwrites the costs associated with Project Rousseau’s mission to provide free resources to students in need. I welcome you to read more about Project Rousseau here. As always, if you have any questions, you know where to find me!

I hope all of you will find value in the mock testing services at Columbia. Remember that all high schoolers can benefit from this service as they offer practice exams for the Regents, AP, SAT, ACT and SAT Subject Tests. Thanks for tuning in and have a great weekend!